The best of Isle of Wight



From long golden sandy beaches, unspoilt craggy coastline, secluded bays to beautiful river valleys and forests, fresh seafood, historic harbours and picturesque villages... Isle of Wight has it all whether you are swimmer, biker, walker or lazy to do anything at all. It is blessed with a very favourable climate, being consistently warmer and sunnier than the English mainland.
Discover Isle of Wight on the bike and on your feet!


Highlights: Discover unforgettable Needles and sunny Freshwater Bay. Admire romantic sunsets of western coast of Island. Enjoy the best trails and sea views from the bike. Ride on the high speed hovercraft - fastest Isle of Wight passenger ferry. Relaxing time at hidden bays and award winning beaches. Shanklin Chine historic woodland and waterfalls - natural walking trail. Thatched cottages and tea gardens of "Old Shanklin Village". Taste quality fish&chips... fresh, big and tasty :)


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Transport

To get to Isle of Wight travel by train (bus or car) to Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Central or Lymington Pier. Then board the ferry or hovercraft.

Hovercraft: Hover Travel

Ferry: Red Funnel, Wight Link

Local transport and bus maps: click here


Accommodation


Recommended Bike routes & Sights & Where to eat

Isle of Wight BIKE ROUTE 1: From Ryde to Shanklin

Length: 25 km. Grade: moderate. Maps: map 1 (to Bembridge), map 2 (to Sandown), map 3 (to Shanklin)

Fly to Isle of Wight (Ryde) from Portsmouth on a hovercraft (www.hovertravel.co.uk). Journey takes only 10 minutes. Then hire a bike from TAV Cycles in Ryde (www.tavcycles.co.uk) and cycle to Shanklin via Bembridge and Sandown. Visit Shanklin Chine, relax by the sea and do not miss great seafood.

Isle of Wight BIKE ROUTE 2: From Yarmouth to The Needles

Length: 15 km. Grade: moderate. Maps: click here.

Hire bike at Wight Cycle Hire (www.wightcyclehire.co.uk) and cycle to The Needles via Freshwater Bay.

Sights: Osborne House, Shanklin Chine, The Needles

Where to eat: The WaterFront Bar and Restaurant (Totland Bay}. !!! Great views and seafood.


Our pictures from the Island

Minty gallery


What to take with you on your adventures & Travel necessities

IN MY BAG I SHOULD HAVE... click here A couple of tips from Minty on what to take with you. And remember: "He who would travel happily must travel light" (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).


Any questions? Ask those who have already been there!



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